No. 8 Point Park extends win streak to 18, ties for best record in NAIA baseball
April 4, 2012
Manny Perdomo threw 6.1 shutout innings to get the win in game one. Photo by Evan Schall.
BEAVER, Pa. -- Point Park University, the No. 8 team in NAIA baseball, won at Penn State-Beaver, 1-0 and 14-4, on Wednesday to extend its season-long win streak to 18 games.
The Pioneers (30-3, 4-0 AMC), ranked No. 8 in Tuesday's NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, have not lost since March 8 and matched No. 1 LSU-Shreveport (30-3) for the best record in the nation. Point Park is just the sixth team in the NAIA to reached 30 wins this year.
Manny Perdomo (4-0), a sophomore right-hander from Hialeah, Fla., threw 6.1 shutout innings in Point Park's 1-0 victory on Wednesday. He gave up five hits, struck out six and walked two before handing things over to closer Mike Tullio.
Tullio, a 6-3 senior from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., picked up his ninth save of the year by getting the final two outs on an infield pop out and a strikeout.
Perdomo lowered his ERA to 1.09 and has given up just four earned runs in 33 innings across six starts. Tullio made his 16th appearance in Point Park's 33 games.
Point Park got the only run it needed in the top of the first when No. 2 hitter Rob Novia singled, moved up to third with two outs and scored on an error.
Losing pitcher Cory Wagner limited Point Park to four hits and no earned runs in a complete-game effort. He struck out three and walked four.
In game two, Point Park pounded out 14 runs on 13 hits. Jonathan Tasis, usually a backup, got the start at first base and went 4 for 5 with a triple and two RBIs from the No. 5 spot in the order.
Lee Bodnar and Javier Marticorena both had two hits and two RBIs. Bodnar doubled, and Marticorena belted his team-leading, seventh homer of the year. The No. 3-5 hitters -- Bodnar, Marticorena and Tasis -- were a combined 8 for 12 with five runs and six RBIs.
Leadoff man Tom Birko scored three times and drove in a pair of runs. Catcher Ossie Alfonzo added two RBIs.
PSU-Beaver (10-11) scored four runs in the second inning to tie things up at 4-4. But Point Park scored 10 unanswered runs, including seven in the fifth inning.
Point Park used four pitchers, and reliever Isaiah Marsh (1-1) pitched the middle 3.1 innings to get the win. He struck out seven, walked none and gave up no runs on three hits.
PSU-Beaver got all four of its runs off of Pioneers starter Josh Brooks, who went 1.2 innings. After Marsh lef the game, Horacio Acosta pitched a scoreless sixth, and Jon Corcoran tossed a scoreless seventh.
Point Park plays Malone in a four-game, non-conference series this weekend. The series begins with two games at Point Park on Friday at 1 p.m. The venue shifts to Canton, Ohio, for two games Saturday at 1 p.m.
Friday will be USG T-Shirt Day, a promotion in which Point Park students in attendance will receive a free Point Park baseball t-shirt while supplies last courtesy of United Student Government. Fan Vans are free with student ID and leave the Student Center Lot at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Malone and Point Park are former AMC rivals, but this if the first year that Malone is not in the NAIA as it is in year two of its NCAA DII process.
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